This time I am going to try and analyze the Jussie Smollett – Roseanne Barr – Left and Right – The Double Standard (again) – Still stunning affair.

Cast Member in the FOX Dramatic Series “Empire”

Jussie Smollett, a cast member in the FOX dramatic series “Empire”,
reported that he had received hate mail, then the following week he reported an assault had been perpetrated on him. Both the letter and the assault now appear to have been staged. The letter contained threats toward Mr. Smollett, handwritten, and where the return address should have been was the word MAGA.

It also contained a white powdery substance that upon closer investigation, by the Chicago Police, turned out to be crushed ibuprofen. The letter contained a stick figure that appeared to have a rope tied around its neck and a gun pointed at it as well.

Update 4/16/19

It seems as though at this time Mr. Smollett’s part has been written out of “Empire”.  Sometimes these ill-conceived ideas actually do backfire. The latest on the Smollett case is that Jussie was ordered to pay $130,000.00 for the cost of the Chicago police investigation.  So far Smollett has refused to do so. We are all still waiting to see how this shakes out. Also, rumor has it that Mr. Smollett is under federal investigation for mail fraud for sending himself that envelope filled with white powder.  Again, we will have to wait to see how this saga continues to unfold.

Update 3/27/10

Breaking news: All 16 charges were dropped against Jussie Smollett

This is Chicago politics at its best.  As I first heard it “the fix is in”. The speculation machine is in full swing.  There is talk of money changing hands which may or may not have made it into the hands of someone’s campaign manager. Jussie’s bail was $10K and it is rumored that Pam Bondi, a regulatory compliance officer with Ballard Partners a DC lobbying firm, said that it IS possible that his bond may have been “donated” to a local “charity”.   

It seems Jussie’s sister worked tirelessly volunteering to canvas and make calls supporting Barak’s run for the presidency.  I saw a picture posted of Barak and Smollett’s sister and a gushing description of the encounter in what appears to be her words  next to the image, indicating how deep her belief was in the Obama’s presidency. There has been some reporting by Big League Politics indicating that Tina Tchen, the former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, contacted     Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and requested a “favor” for the Obama’s.

I would like to indulge in some sourceless (which makes it baseless as well)  internet hype (only because it fits my political perception) and that is, Soro’s money largely helped put Foxx in office.  It was also stated if she had intentions of being D.A or go any further, she’s going to have to kiss the Obama’s behinds. Mr. Smollett was ordered to perform community service.  It seems as though Jessie Jackson is having Jussie stuffing envelopes for the Rainbow Coalition.

Meanwhile the Chicago Police and Rahm Emanuel are outraged, calling this a miscarriage of justice and vowing to “unpack” this thing and get to the bottom of this.  More to come…I’m sure.

Sensational Accusation

The latest sensational accusation leveled by Jussie Smollett is that he was attacked in Chicago’s sub-freezing temperatures in the middle of the night, in the dead of winter. He claims there were two white MAGA-hat-wearing-men, just waiting in the middle of the night in the sub-freezing Chicago winter temperatures, to ambush him, threaten him, hurl racial and
homophobic slurs, throw chemicals on him (that turned out to be bleach),
rough him up, tie a ‘noose’ around his neck and make mention of lynching. This in a city, that had previously been proclaimed by, none other than, the former Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, as a MAGA-free zone (city).

Shortly after the alleged attack Mr. Smollett ended up in a local hospital where there were pictures of him released showing a small abrasion on his face. After this whole “incident” he didn’t miss any ‘work time’ and went right back to filming his part in the series, and so far as I know at this point, nothing has been said to him pertaining to his job or employment.
His manager reported the incident to the Chicago police and they
immediately went to work to try to solve this ‘hate crime’.

The Chicago police force scheduled man hours to officers who, by rights, should have been assigned to investigate real crimes, to unravel a fantasy “crime” against an egomaniac. What they have turned up, so far, is interesting to say the least.

It turns out that Jussie had planned and paid some co-workers (2 brothers of Nigerian descent) to stage this attack. He arranged to give them cash, and had them buy masks and other supplies with the cash and also pre-dated acheck to one of them for $3500.00. It seems as though Jussie did not think the show’s producers there at FOX had paid enough attention to the threatening letter he had received the previous week nor had they, in Smollett’s estimation, handled the incident properly.

After the facts began to surface, CBS Chicago, accused Smollett of staging this stunt because he was unhappy with his salary.

Smollett receives more than $100,000.00 per episode, and it is rumored that he had just received a raise.


Smollett was subsequently arrested and charged with disorderly conduct
for orchestrating this attack against himself. Unfortunately, what antics like
this do, is devalue real crimes, that are in fact, hurting people, while keeping those who could offer aid and assistance to those same people busy chasing after the shenanigans of an attention craving narcissist. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson in a press conference said “Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. He gave Chicago a scar that it did not earn and certainly did not deserve with this publicity stunt.”

Hilarious Exchange

Charles Barkley in a hilarious exchange with Shaquille O’Neal on TNT’s Halftime report came out with a word of advice to Jussie Smollett.
He advised Jussie, “If you’re going to commit a crime, don’t pay for it by check. Do not commit crimes with checks “
(Shaq loses it ) C’mon, man, If you’re going to break the law, do not write a check. “
(Shaq is laughing so hard he’s throwing his head back)
Kenny Smith: “Cause if you’re writing a check, then what?
Shaq, laughing hard: “Cash up.”
Barkley: “Cash, man. I never used an ATM. Now, I heard you can only get
$200 out of it.”

Shaq, exhausted from laughing: Charles
Barkley: “$500?
Shaq: “Charles. Stop. Literally.”
Barkley: “You gonna make a lot of stops at an ATM?”
(Shaq laughing)
Barkley: “But you said, Chuck, America, America.”
(The screen shows a picture of Smollett smiling)
Barkley: “ Do not write a check when you commit illegal activity.”

Brash/Loudmouthed, Actress/Comedian

In 2018 Roseanne Barr, a brash loudmouthed, thoroughly controversial
actress/comedian, made an ugly tweet about Valerie Jarrett. At the time the
tweet was made, Roseanne had enjoyed a successful 30 year show business
career. She lost her show on ABC, and more than likely any remaining career aspirations she may have had at the time, IMMEDIATELY (within 48 hours), for an unfortunate incendiary tweet about Valerie Jarrett.

I’m not saying that Roseanne’s tweet was not ill considered, nor ugly, however, she, at the time, considered it a political statement. It was not a premeditated orchestrated act with ulterior motives that she paid others (by check) to commit. If nothing else, Rosanne’s tweet was a spontaneous act, (looking back), of monumental stupidity. It was totally misinterpreted (and may I add, more than likely, on purpose, as an ugly racial slur) by the ‘mainstream media’ or as I like to call them (appropriated from Sarah Palin) the ‘lamestream media’.

I am of the notion the interpretation of that ill-chosen tweet had more to
do with the fact that it was an unkind statement made about a former Obama advisor, than anything else. By its very existence, it inferred that she
(Roseanne) did not hold allegiance to Obama, but was a Trump supporter.
That, I believe, almost in and of itself, got her show unceremoniously
cancelled, and with it, quite possibly any hope of rebuilding the career she
had once possessed. I believe it was cancelled because they all (the media as
well as the left leaning network that carried her show) were/are completely
eaten up by. “T.D.S.” (Trump Derangement Syndrome).

The difference on how Roseanne Barr and Jussie Smollett have been
treated for their lapses in judgement is really quite astonishing to me.
There’s that old double standard at work again. At least we know that hasn’t broken. Now, tell me about that white privilege thing again?!

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Well I tried to analyze the Jussie Smollett – Roseanne Barr – Left and Right – The Double Standard (again) because it is a Still stunning affair. I hope I covered it!